Kausani - A Kumaon hill-station at 1890M / 6200ft

Kausani  1890 m / 6200 ft





Surprisingly that evening I met up with Asit,  Ganguly and Shashanka (pic left) just outside the KMVN-GH. These 3 guys were with me on the Pindari trek and they had additionally trekked to the Kafni glacier and landed up in Kausani directly.

4th October 2004 - woke up early but it was a cloudy day and drizzling light rain whole morning. There was no way I could see any Himalayan peaks. Walked down hill about 2kms to the cybercafe in Hillview hotel, sent some emails and then walked up to the Gandhi ashram - Anashakthi Yogashram - and got back to KMVN-GH by 10am. Rest of the day relaxing in the dorm-bed with a Jim Corbett book "Man-Eaters of Kumaon". At 5:30pm the sunset view of the Trishul peak in clouds (see pic left).

5th October 2004 got up early morning. At sunrise (6:00am) there were clouds forming with the mist rising from the valleys; but could see most of the peaks above the clouds. See pics (Left & below) showing Trishul, Mriguthani, Maikatoli. The colorful flowers in the GH garden show up in the foreground of some of the pictures below.

As the morning views of Himalaya turned out to be pretty good, I decided to move on to the next location - Chaukori. So after breakfast checked out at 9:00am and went downhill to the bus-stand. Caught a bus at 9:15 am going to Berinag via Bageswar and Chaukori.

3rd Oct 2004 - I came to Kausani from Bageshwar after completing the 9-day Pindari trek. I was hoping to rest and relax in this quiet & scenic hill-station. I was also hoping to take in the panoramic view of Himalayas that Kausani is famous for. However, when I reached the KMVN guest house, at 11:30am the clouds were swirling around the Himalayan peaks and nothing much could be seen. But I was told early mornings the sky is usually clear and KMVN-GH is the best place to get the clear views as it is at the highest altitude in Kausani.  I took a Dorm bed there and was the only occupant of the 10-bed dormitory that day! (pic left).